Violence in Myanmar's Rakhine genocide: Bangladesh
The UN says 294,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25. Photograph: (Reuters)
Bangladesh's foreign minister said on Sunday that Myanmar was waging "genocide" against the Rohingyas in the violence-racked Rakhine state which had led to an exodus of nearly 300,000 of the Muslim minorities to the country.
"The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide," AH Mahmood Ali told the press after meeting Western and Arab diplomats and the heads of UN agencies in Dhaka.
The foreign minister met the diplomats and stakeholders to seek support for a political solution and humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas.
He told the diplomats that some 300,000 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks, taking the total number of such refugees to over 700,000.
"This is creating a huge challenge for Bangladesh in terms of providing shelter as well as other humanitarian assistance to them," a foreign ministry statement said.
At least two diplomats who attended the briefings said the minister told them as many as 3,000 people may have been killed in the latest round of violence.
As per the UN, 294,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces on August 25 sparked a major military backlash in the state.
Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine, AFP reports.
Myanmar, which has a majority of Buddhists, does not recognise its stateless Muslim Rohingya community. It labels them "Bengalis" -- illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.